Maritime

NIMASA partners Navy on wreck removal

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency said it worked with the Hydrography Department of the Nigerian Navy to identify wrecks on the waterways.

It said has commenced preparatory works to deploy a high-resolution magnetometer to validate the ongoing wreck removal exercise of all identified wrecks listed for removal along the Badagry Creek in Lagos.

A statement on Sunday from the Assistant Director, Public Relations, NIMASA, Osagie Edward, said part of the wrecks included a completely submerged barge which was lying over 10 meters deep along the Badagry channel on coordinates 711006.1 Easting and 535294.9 Northing.

The agency said it also successfully removed two other completely submerged barges beneath the water at 530924.9 Northing and 710608.3 Easting

According to the statement, the Director-General, NIMASA, Dr Bashir Jamoh, stated that the impact of the entire exercise on the marine environment was being assessed by the agency.

It said, “We worked closely with the hydrography unit of the Nigerian Navy in charting the waters and establishing these wrecks as critical for immediate removal.

“Some are completely submerged while others are partially submerged. This Badagry creek is a commercial route with passenger vessels plying and we place a premium on the safety of lives and properties.”

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